50th anniversary celebration

50th Anniversary Commemoration

Celebration, Consciousness-Raising, Sowing the Future

Our year long celebration during the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 will recognize the founding of our CCS program in 1969 and fifty years of engagement with social justice-oriented scholarship and community service. 

Spring 2020 Events

Chicana/o/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History—50 Years of Art Activism

On display February 8-April 5, 2020

This multisite art exhibition celebrates the Department’s 50th anniversary and is centered at the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibit features historic and contemporary examples of printmaking from the 1940s through today, and highlights printing as one of the oldest art formats for Chicana/o/x artists. The exhibition examines community concerns and dreams, pride and cultural affirmation, and the use of art as a political tool and artists as agents of social change.

Drawn largely from the Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores García Collection of Latino Art, Chicano/a/x Printmaking presents a robust selection of important artworks and artists. Artists and groups in the exhibition include Yreina Cervantes, Rupert Garcia, Diane Gamboa, Ester Hernández, Malaquías Montoya, Salvador Roberto Torres, Victor Ochoa, and Self-Help Graphics, among others.

Print: The Pinata that Doesn’t Fall

Artemio Rodriguez, The Piñata that Doesn’t Fall, 2015; linoleum cut on paper; 32 x 23 inches; copyright © Artemio Rodriguez, courtesy of the artist

Opening receptions for each partner site are as follows: 

The FRONT Arte & Cultura
Solo exhibition by Salvador Roberto Torres
147 W. San Ysidro Boulevard
(On display February 8-20 only)

SDSU Downtown Gallery
Gallery tour with Amelia Malagamba and Gilberto Cárdenas, 6:15-6:45 pm
725 W. Broadway

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21: 10 am-1 pm
COLEF Opening reception and panel discussion
Tijuana, B.C.

Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Boulevard

Lectures associated with the art exhibit:

SDSU, Hepner Hall 221, 5:30-6:45 pm. Lecture by artist Victor Ochoa
SDSU, Arts and Letters 104, 7:00-8:15 pm. Lecture by scholar Amelia Malagamba

This event has been canceled.
SDSU Downtown Gallery, 6-7 pm. Gallery talk by Dr. Norma Iglesias Prieto

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History—50 Years of Art Activism is organized by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies in collaboration with the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by Ruben Islas, Nadia Gastelum, Adrienne and Juan Vargas, Gilberto Cárdenas, Southwest Airlines, ArtStartArt, the College of Arts and Letters, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU, and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibition or events, please contact Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Director at [email protected].

Directions to SDSU Downtown Gallery

gallery location on a mapSDSU Downtown Gallery
725 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

One America Plaza at 600 W. Broadway (ABM parking garage)
$5 flat rate when you enter after 5 pm and exit before Midnight.

*Garage main entrance closes at 7 pm. After 7 pm, enter through the lobby on W. Broadway to parking garage elevators.

More information on parking

gallery location in relation to trolleyFrom the east or SDSU campus:
Take the Green Line towards 12th & Imperial. Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.

From the north or south:
Exit the Green Line at the Santa Fe Depot. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance.
Exit the Blue Line at America Plaza. Cross Broadway at the corner of Kettner Boulevard to reach the Downtown Gallery entrance


Film Retrospective with the San Diego Latino Film Festival!

March 12-22, 2020

As a special collaboration with the department, this year’s San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 12-22), will feature a retrospective of Chicana/o/x films and guest appearances by award-winning directors. For details and ticket prices, visit sdlatinofilm.com.

One film will be screened at SDSU at no charge.

SDSU Screenings of After the Earthquake and The Devil Never Sleeps
This event has been canceled.
Monday, March 16 | 7-9:40 pm | Hardy Tower 140

As part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s city-wide film screenings, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Department of Women’s Studies are pleased to co-sponsor an evening of films by and conversation with Chicana feminist director Lourdes Portillo at SDSU. The event, which will include Q & A,  will be moderated by our very own Dr. Norma Iglesias Prieto.

  • After the Earthquake (1979, 27 minutes)
  • The Devil Never Sleeps (1994, 87 minutes)

50th Anniversary Community Celebration Dinner and Program
This event has been postponed.

Saturday, March 21 | 5-9 pm | Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies extends a warm welcome to all alumni and friends to an on-campus community celebration of the department's 50th Anniversary.

Please join us for a mole (or vegetarian colache) dinner and program where we will reminisce with friends, former classmates, and professors, listen to the music of the Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlán and Coral MacFarland Thuet as well as take a few moments to look ahead at the future of our department.  Dr. Gustavo Segade, first acting chair of the department, will deliver a keynote address.  At the end of the formal program, get ready for a dance party with Tavo and Mariachi 3.0!

Limited number of tickets available. Purchase tickets at sdsualumni.org/ccs50.

Please arrive early! doors open at 4pm with professional photographer on hand from 4-5 pm for group and individual shots. Program starts promptly at 5!

Print: Viva La Raza

Salvador Roberto Torres, Viva la Raza, 1998; screenprint on paper; 35 x 28 inches; copyright ©Salvador Roberto Torres, courtesy of the artist.

Student Research Symposium
This event has been postponed.

Friday, April 17 | 10 am-4 pm | Scripps Cottage

Panels and poster sessions featuring original work by our Chicana/o Studies students.

Call for Proposals 

We encourage the submission of all types of student research and knowledge production—fully complete or in progress—including:

  • Qualitative or quantitative empirical research
  • Humanities research
  • Performative/artistic work

Further details, a complete call for proposals, and information on submission coaching can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/CCS-StudentResearch2020 
Deadline for Submissions: March 8, 2020, at 11:59pm

Download the Call for Proposals flyer

Lecture: Chicana/o/x Expressive Cultures

Friday, May 1 | 1 pm | Location TBD

Presented by Professor Norma Mendoza-Denton (UCLA). In collaboration with the Department of Linguistics and Middle Eastern Languages.


Fall 2019 Events

Just Like Us

This play, by Karen Zacarias, is about four young Mexican-American women who have lived in the U.S. since childhood. It explores the women’s personal life stories and the complex and controversial politics that surround the issue of immigration. Directed by Peter Cirino. 

September 27-October 6, 2019 | Experimental Theatre | SDSU
$17 students/$20 public

Faculty member Dr. Roberto Hernández will be present to give a talk-back at the end of the performance on Saturday, September 28th only.  Join us!

This theatre production is in collaboration with SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film and Arts Alive!

More information

Just Like Us


International Conference Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Hosted by COLEF

  • Academic Panels
  • Photography Exhibit
  • Art Exhibit
  • Film Festival

October 10-12, 2019 | Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) | Tijuana
Free and open to the public

View the preliminary conference program

Mural at Colegio de la Frontera Norte



Culture Clash 

Members of Culture Clash, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, will be curating a 90-minute performance/lecture/Q & A.  Each artist will be featuring their solo work along with endearing characters they have portrayed as members of Culture Clash!

This event is presented in collaboration with MALAS, SDSU Press, General Studies, and One SDSU.

October 15, 2019 | 4-6 pm | Student Union Theater| SDSU
Free and open to the public

Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas



Lens on Chicana/o/x Children’s Literature

This exhibit of contemporary children’s books introduces readers to key authors, illustrators, and major publishers. Cosponsored by CCS, the exhibit is organized by the Children's Literature Librarian Linda Salem and the SDSU Library. They join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary!

Location: Children’s books area, Love Library, 4thfloor

October 21, 2019 - May 15, 2020

Image: The book Dreamers by Chicana author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. It was selected this year as the One Book One San Diego selection for children by KPBS and the San Diego Public Library. 

cover of Dreamers book



Day of the Dead Altar — “Those That Came Before: Stolen and Offered Lives”

In collaboration with the Chicano/a Collection at Love Library, Dr. Norma Iglesias Prieto’s CCS students will build a large traditional altar to honor Chicano/a/x-Latino/a/x civil rights activists, especially local activists. We will also honor migrants, including children, who have died trying to cross the border. In conjunction with the altar, a temporary wall mural focusing on the origins of our department will be on display near the entrance to the Collection as well as a student-created archive exhibit using materials from the Chicana/o Archive. The altar will be presented November 1-15 and serve as a programming platform for other events.

November 1-15, 2019 | SDSU | Chicana and Chicano Collection Love Library

Skull and flowers on Day of the Dead Altar



Day of the Dead Commemoration and Program

  • Short lecture
  • Music
  • Food
  • Art project

The program will include an overview of the meanings of Day of the Dead, a recognition of the individuals whose pictures appear on the altar, and a musical performance.  Biographies of the local civil rights activists honored on the altar will be available for viewing.  These were researched, written, and produced by Chicana/o Studies students and will subsequently be placed in the library’s Special Collections.

November 1 | 12-1:30 pm | Chicana/o Collection, Love Library
Free and open to the public

Thanks to generous contributions by various donors.

50th Anniversary CCS SDSU, 2019 Viva La Lucha


Clip from old newspaper heading: Senate approves chicano program

In collaboration with the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Dr. Alda Blanco will curate a mural titled Origins: SDSU’s Department of Chicano Studies (1968-1972) as part of our 50th anniversary commemoration activities. The mural will be located just outside the Chicana and Chicano Collection in Love Library on the first floor. Dates: In process, TBA.

Dr. Blanco’s curatorial statement: 
“The mural tells the story of how a fearless handful of Chicano students and faculty established one of the first Chicano Studies departments in the nation. Told through documents from SDSU’s magnificent Chicana and Chicano Archive Collection (Special Collections, Love Library), Origins honors and celebrates the political imagination and tireless activism of those who fought to create and institutionalize Chicano knowledge to contest the white gaze that was dominant in institutions of higher education.”

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.



Juan Felipe Herrera Poetry Reading

California Poet Laureate (2012-2014), U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-2017), and the first Mexican-American to hold these positions, Juan Felipe Herrera will read from his works.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Departments of Africana Studies, AnthropologyHistory, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, the Center for Latin American Studies, the SDSU Living Writers Series, and the College of Arts and Letters. 

November 6 | 4-5:30 pm | Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre | SDSU
Free and open to the public

Juan Felipe Herrera


SDSU Parking Information

All cars (even those with ADA placards/plates) need an SDSU parking permit to park in student or visitor spaces. Save time and money by purchasing a parking permit prior to driving to campus. Create a guest account through the Aztec Parking Portal, purchase the $6/day permit, and place the printed permit on your dash once parked in a student parking structure.  Permits can also be purchased on campus for $3/hour or via PayByPhone App (download prior to arriving on campus).

For more parking information, please visit https://www.sdsu.edu, select “About” and then “Parking at SDSU.”